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PREVIEW | Exiles head to table-toppers Exeter City

31 August 2017

Table-toppers Exeter City will be the next challenge for County, as Mike Flynn takes his Exiles side to St James Park on Saturday. The Grecians will be intent on securing an improvement to the 5th placed finish last campaign, that saw them lose 2-1 to Blackpool in the play-off final at Wembley.

Here, you can find all the facts and statistics ahead of this top-of-the-table clash in League 2.


Recent League and Cup form

There are four unbeaten sides left in League 2 after just four matches. Like County, Exeter City are one of them – although the Grecians are the only side to have accumulated 10 points already this season.

They started the season the fastest – scoring the first goal in the division– as Reuben Reid’s 5th minute strike secured a home victory over Cambridge United.

They followed that early start with a 2-1 Carabao Cup exit to Charlton Athletic before securing a 1-1 draw at Swindon Town.

Another 1-0 home victory swiftly followed, as Reid scored again in the success over Lincoln City.

In their last league match, the Grecians rose to the summit of League 2 after an enthralling 4-3 victory at Cheltenham Town.

Despite being 2-0 down after 12 minutes, Exeter fought back to be level at half-time through goals from Jordan Moore-Taylor and Reid.

Reid scored a penalty late in the second half before Jake Taylor made it 4-2. And despite Cheltenham making a game of it with a late reply, the Grecians held on to secure the victory.

Another cup defeat came on Tuesday, as Yeovil Town came away 3-1 winners at St James Park.


Summer signings

Manager Paul Tisdale is sticking to his traditions of bringing through youth players at the club. That means he has made just three signings, whilst letting seven leave. A further seven have also left on loan.

Striker Ryan Brunt has joined the club after being released by local rivals Plymouth Argyle, whilst centre-back Luke Croll has made his loan move from Crystal Palace permanent.

The final incoming is left-back Dean Moxey, who re-joins the club after eight years away. The 31-year old made 196 appearances in his first spell before heading to Derby County for around £300,000.

Of the outgoings, Ollie Watkins is the most notable. The 21-year-old, who scored a hat-trick at Rodney Parade on New Year’s Eve, has joined Barnsley for an undisclosed fee – reported to be around £1.8 million.

Wales u’16s and u’19s star Ethan Ampadu has also left the club to join Premiership champions Chelsea. A tribunal will be needed to decide a fee for the 16-year old, who was called up to the full Welsh side in preparation for the Serbia game in May, although didn’t make the match day team. 



The Grecians have several injury concerns ahead of our encounter.

Luke Croll will miss the game, after being stretchered off in mid-week. An X-Ray revealed he hadn’t, as originally thought, suffered a fracture in his leg, although the defender went onto social media to confirm he expects to be side-lined for two weeks.

The two other summer arrivals, Harley and Moxey, are also expected to miss the game, as neither have featured in the match day squad for several weeks following injury.

Striker Robbie Simpson may receive his first start for Exeter since suffering a broken ankle in February, only making substitute appearances in recent games, while Ryan Brunt is also closing in on a return following injury. 

The Grecians made six changes in mid-week, so it is likely Tisdale will revert back to the side that started in their last league game at Cheltenham.


Team vs Cheltenham:

Pym, Sweeney, Brown, Moore-Taylor, Woodman, Taylor, James, Tillson, Holmes, Reid, McAlinden


Team vs Yeovil (4-4-2):

Hamon, Taylor, Brown, Moore-Taylor, Croll, Sparkes, Archibald-Henville, Byrne, Holmes, Jay, Reid


One to watch – Reuben Reid

Age: 29

Position: Striker

Goals this season: 4

Previous clubs: Plymouth Argyle, Rotherham United, West Brom. Oldham Athletic, Yeovil Town 

Reid has had a great start to the season, scoring in three of the Grecians four league matches so far this campaign, including netting two at Cheltenham.

The striker is nearing his one-year anniversary at the club (13th September) and in that time, has scored 18 goals for the club.

Before his time in Devon, Reid had two permanent and two loan spells at Plymouth Argyle, scoring a combined 50 goals for the Pilgrims.

He has Championship experience with Plymouth, Peterborough and West Brom, although never played in the Premier League with the Baggies.


Manager – Paul Tisdale

Tisdale is currently the 2nd longest serving manager in the top four divisions, having been appointed as boss on 26th June 2006.

His spell in Devon comes after a spell in charge of Team Bath, the side representing the University of Bath.

He achieved four promotions, and broke a 122-year record when they became the first University team to get to the first-round proper of the FA Cup in 2002.  

At Exeter, he has overseen 575 games, winning 37.7% of those matches.

Before turning to management, Tisdale appeared for Southampton and Bristol City, before injury forced him into early retirement.


Stadium – St James Park

Due to ongoing works at the stadium, the Stagecoach Stand and Away Terrace will be shut for the entirety of the season.

Following the confirmation of special dispensation from the EFL, only 350 away supporters will be able to attend the game, all housed in the IP Office Stand.

The redevelopment work means the current capacity of St James Park is 6,087 – down from 8,541.


Previous meetings

The two sides have met on a remarkable 118 occasions, the first of those coming in 1920 with a 1-0 County victory. 

County currently have the superior record with 43 wins, 34 draws and 41 defeats.

However, of those meetings, only eight have occurred since the Exiles reformation in 1989.

Four of those games have come at Rodney Parade and the other four at St James Park.

Of the Exiles away trips, they have won twice, drawn once, and lost once.

The first of those victories came on 21st September 2013, as goals from Conor Washington and Harry Worley secured a 2-0 victory.

The other victory came last season, as a solitary Tom Owen-Evans strike kept the momentum building in County’s ‘Great Escape.’



Referee: John Brooks

Assistant referee 1: Timothy Wood  

Assistant referee 2: Adrian Tranter

Fourth official: Adam Bromley 

Brooks is in his second season as a Football League referee. In his first season, Brooks refereed 38 games, producing 149 yellows. He also brandished 10 red cards, of which six were straight reds.

So far this season, Brooks has refereed five matches, with 12 yellows and one red given out.


County connection

Brooks refereed County twice last season – with both games ending in a draw.

The first game came in the 1-1 home draw with Crewe Alexandra. Five yellow cards were given – Joss Labadie, Darren Jones and Dan Butler booked for County.

The second game came in the 0-0 FA Cup draw at Plymouth Argyle. Sean Rigg was shown a straight red card, while Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, Scot Bennett and Dan Butler were also booked.


Other League 2 fixtures that day (all 3pm kick-offs)

Cambridge United vs Colchester United

Carlisle United vs Mansfield Town

Cheltenham Town vs Stevenage

Chesterfield vs Coventry City

Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town

Grimsby Town vs Crewe

Lincoln City vs Luton Town

Morecambe vs Accrington Stanley

Port Vale vs Notts County

Swindon Town vs Barnet

Wycombe Wanderers vs Forest Green Rovers

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REPORT| Exiles suffer narrow defeat at Exeter City

2 September 2017

The Exiles have suffered their first defeat in EFL League 2, after a 1-0 reverse at Exeter City.

County couldn’t find a breakthrough in a first-half which they largely controlled, Padraig Amond having a header cleared off the line late in the first-half.

But Exeter were much improved in the second-half, Lee Holmes getting the winner on 58 minutes.

Holmes was found on the edge-of-the-area by Reuben Reid, and ran five yards before curling a shot past a helpless Joe Day.

The result means that County suffer a first league defeat of the campaign, against an Exeter City side who remain top of the table.

Mike Flynn elected to make eight changes from the side that lost 2-0 to Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday in the Checkatrade Trophy. It was, however, just the two changes from last weekend’s win in the Rodney Parade ‘Homecoming’ against Chesterfield.

That saw a change in full-back as Dan Butler replaced David Pipe, with the other change coming in midfield as Reece Cole made way for Sean Rigg.

It appeared that the Exiles were setting up in a 3-5-2 system, with goal scorers from last week, Padraig Amond and Frank Nouble, starting up-front.

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale decided to make six changes to his side that also lost in mid-week, with the Grecians going down 3-1 at home against Yeovil Town.

However, the starting eleven represented an unchanged side from the league win over Cheltenham Town last weekend, as the Grecians matched County in a 3-5-2 formation.

And the Exiles almost created the opening chance of the game within 90 seconds of kick-off.

After Mickey Demetriou had displaced Lee Holmes in the centre, Joss Labadie embarked on a marauding run down the right-hand side. His cross was drilled across the area towards Amond and Sean Rigg, but neither could connect as Troy Brown cleared.

Amond had the next County chance after a bright start, although his shot from Rigg’s flick-on went wide in the 5th minute.

Exeter fans had to wait until the 7th minute for their side to create a decent opportunity. Holmes, starting on the left-hand side, found space to cross, although Joe Day read it superbly to collect.

Dolan fired a free-kick at the wall on 10 minutes, as County looked to score from their livelier start.

But the Exiles couldn’t force another chance until the 18th minute, although captain Joss Labadie’s effort from all of 45 yards was never in danger of concerning home goalkeeper Christy Pym.

On the counter attack, Exeter forced a chance moments later, but Day comfortably collected Jordan Tillson’s effort.

Amond should have given the Exiles a deserved lead on 20 minutes, although fired straight at Pym when found from a Rigg delivery right on the penalty spot.

Another chance for Amond came on 29 minutes, although the Irishman fired over the bar after Nouble had expertly skipped past Lloyd James and cut the ball back.

It appeared like all the County chances were falling the way of Amond, who came close seconds later with a flick-on from a Rigg delivery.

County then had a goal disallowed. Amond had the ball in the back of the net on 32 minutes after heading in a Demetriou long-throw, but the referee had already blown his whistle and penalised Nouble for a push on the goalkeeper.

The game’s first yellow card came in the 34rd minute, as County’s Sean Rigg was adjudged to have fouled Tillson on the edge of the Exeter area.

All the play was seemingly being dictated by the County midfield-trio as the game approached the 35-minute mark, the home side being frustrated with the few chances they could muster, as a resolute Exiles display were stopping them getting any foothold in the game.

County’s Ben White had to be alert to prevent Reuben Reid getting in on goal on 40 minutes, before doing even better within 15 seconds of his clearance.

Holmes whipped in an inviting delivery that Day could only parry into the path of Jake Taylor, who looked destined to score, only for White to head off the goal-line.

Exeter had to make their own goal-line clearance within a minute of that chance, as Troy Brown cleared Amond’s headed effort.

Demetriou was the second County player to be booked on 42 minutes after fouling James, as Taylor fired wide for Exeter as one additional minute was indicated at the end of the first-half.

But no further chances could be created by either side who went in level at half-time.

On the balance of the game, County could feel aggrieved not to be in-front. The midfield trio were controlling the pace and tempo of the game, with the defence limiting the home side to just the one clear cut chance.  

Neither side made a change at half-time, the home side starting the better as James tested Day within the opening 60 seconds.

County’s first chance of the second-half came on 52 minutes, but O’Brien couldn’t generate the power required to test Pym in the home-goal.

Willmott fired over from a Nouble cut-back just a minute later, as both sides seemed to be starting well.

And Exeter would make the most of their bright start, as Lee Holmes gave them the lead on 58 minutes. In fairness, there may have been a foul in the build-up as Demetriou fell under the challenge of Reid.

But no foul was given as Reid played in Holmes on the edge-of-the-area, who ran five yards before curling a shot just inside the post.

A header from Taylor almost saw them double the lead just a minute later, with Reid clipping the post with a shot on 64 minutes.

Demetriou had to time a challenge well to prevent Liam McAlinden from doubling the Grecian advantage, as the home side were really starting to turn the screw in the second half.

But, just like so often last season, the Exiles were intent on getting themselves back into the game.

Nouble fired a 30-yard effort that bounced off the post, before Rigg failed to convert the rebound.

On the counter, Tillson should probably have scored for the home side, but his effort on 73 minutes sailed well over the crossbar.

And the Grecians came agonisingly close to a second just a minute later. First Reid had a shot saved by Day, before his cross found Holmes unmarked in the area, only for White to again somehow clear off the line.

Reece Cole and Tom Owen-Evans were the first substitutes thrown on by Michael Flynn on 75 minutes. That also saw a change to the Exiles system, as Mark O’Brien made way for Reece Cole – Tom Owen-Evans replacing Matty Dolan in the other change.

Nouble had a shot blocked wide on 82 minutes, as County continued to press for an equaliser.

Exeter made a double attacking substitution, strike partners Reid and McAlinden being replaced by Jayden Stockley and Hiram Boateng.

That meant both were making their debuts after joining on Deadline Day, Stockley making his second debut after having a loan spell with the Grecians in 2016.

Ben Tozer came on for the final Exiles substitution, as three additional minutes were indicated.

Owen-Evans fired wide at the end of the first minute, Tozer booked moments later.

A resolute Exeter defence held out from that point to continue their streak of 1-0 league wins at home.

County: Day, Butler, O’Brien (Cole 75’), Demetriou, White, Willmott (Tozer 86’), Dolan (Owen-Evans 75’), Labadie (C), Amond, Nouble

Subs not used: Bittner, Pipe, Bennett, Jahraldo


Exeter: Pym, Sweeney, Brown, Moore-Taylor (C), Woodman, Taylor, James, Tillson, Holmes, Reid (Boateng 83’), McAlinden (Stockley 83’)

Subs not used: Hamon, Archibald-Henville, Simpson, Byrne, Sparkes


Referee: John Brooks

Attendance: 4,193 (343 away)

Next up for County: Wycombe Wanderers (home) 9th September

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Ticket News

TICKETS| Exeter City FC Ticket News

15 August 2017

Tickets for the Club’s away match vs Exeter City on Saturday 2nd September will go on sale on Thursday 24th August 2017 from the Ticket Office.

Due to extensive redevelopment work at St James Park resulting in a reduced Stadium capacity.  Because of this, Exeter City have been given special disensation by the EFL to offer a reduced number of tickets to away supporters.  Newport County AFC has been given an allocation of 350 seats for this fixture with no terrace allocation.  As a result of this reduced allocation for visiting supporters, the Club will be implementing the following ticket sales procedures.

Thursday 24th August – Tickets on sale in the Ticket Office to Season Ticket Holders only. (10am-7pm)

Friday 25th August – Tickets on sale in the Ticket Office to Season Ticket Holders, Rewards and Benefits (Amber Loyalty Card) members, and Trust Members only.  (10am-7pm)

Thursday 31st August – Tickets on General Sale in the Ticket Office only (10am-7pm)

Friday 1st September – Tickets on General Sale in the Ticket Office only (10am-3pm)

Please note, tickets will be limited to one per Season Ticket Holder, Rewards and Benefits (Amber Loyalty Card) members, and Trust Member during the first week of sales.  Supporters who hold more than one of these memberships are only entitled to receive one ticket per person (not per membership). 

There will be no ticket limit during the week of general sale.  Tickets for this fixture will not be available to purchase online due to the limited allocation.

ID Requirements

Season Ticket Holders - Must produce a valid 2017/18 Season Ticket Card or Photo ID should you not already have received your ticket. (Please note, all Season Ticket Holders who purchase a ticket for this match will be logged to avoid dual purchases.  Season Ticket Holders may give their card to families and friends to purchase the match ticket on their behalf).

Rewards and Benefits (Amber Loyalty Card) Members - Must produce an Amber Loyalty Card or Photo ID.

Trust Member – Proof of Trust Membership and Membership number.


Ticket Prices

PRICES - IP OFFICE MAIN STAND (Seating)                            


In advance

On Match Day




Senior (Over 64)/Student with valid NUS card








We have 3 pairs of tickets for away wheelchair fans in the away disabled bay of the Main Stand (by the away seats). Prices here are a maximum of the concession price for this stand (£19 in advance) with the assistant free. Under 18s therefore pay £9.50 in advance. These have been sent as well



These fans are charged the appropriate age related price and an assistant receives a free ticket.


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